Weekly Weight: 203.8 lbs

August 7, 2020

I love when everything works well.  While I still babied my ankle this week, it is almost completely back to normal now.  Next week can see a return to my normal schedule. 

In many ways. 

This week I also spent fighting with graphics and the like in an effort to get my latest book out (Cursed). Now the book is out and I am no longer limping. 

It’s a winner all around.

What I did do was keep an eye on my calories and used my arm weights in my chair.  My shoulders are a little sore, mostly because I went a little crazy with the their dancing once I finally got the book out. 

I’d like to say there was an actual song I was dancing to as it sounds less crazy, but I think I was just combining several different beats with the words “It’s done, it’s done, its finally, finally done.”

Yeah, there is no set tune for that but I do sing it after every book is complete.  Every large project too actually. At some point I might want to get an actual tune for it instead of me and my ProsourceFit making it up as I go along. I really have loved those weights as my ankle healed though. Next week though, its back to the you tube videos.   Although to be honest, there will still be chair dancing with weights.

I’m hoping to keep logging my food in as well.  I’m using the my fitnesspal app for that and I find it really does help me stay on track.  I need to stop guessing my calories and just actually record them.  I think that really is why I sort of plateaued for so long.  So I suppose the twisted ankle was good for something.

I’m still not thanking the bunny rabbits who dug the holes in my yard.

So to the Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 204.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 203.8 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 42.2 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 80.8 lbs

And so with that we end another week. I will push on, this time with both feet firmly on the ground and hopefully move back into making diet and exercise work together. I hope you have a fabulous Friday.


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Weekly Weight: 204.8 lbs

July 24th, 2020

In case you are wondering, yes that is exactly the weight from last week. But it is official. I found a bit of fluff stuck under the battery. Apparently someone checked the batteries while it was in my baby doll’s office (they were shipping a few things from the archives and needed an extra scale). Anyway the bit of fluff, small though it was, ended up being enough to throw its measurements out of whack when I tried to weigh me last friday.

However this week I had to go to the doctor’s office.

The bunnies got me.

Or at least the holes in the yard got me. I stepped in one and wrenched my ankle. It swelled to the size of a grapefruit so I went and had it checked out just in case. Nothing is broken but appearently in addition to twisting the ankle I bruised the bone (on a rock on the ground next to the bunny hole), which is why it felt like more than just a twisted ankle. So I’ll take it easy this weekend and next week ease into a workout that doesn’t involve too much activity for my right ankle.

It looks like there will be much chair dancing with arm weights in my future. maybe I will put together that work out sound track after all.

It was a crazy week. Our air condition was not up to the temperatures and went kerflooey. It was bearable in the day time in parts of the house with the fans running although I did end up with a more or less ongoing heat headache. Sleeping was the issue as it was hard to stay asleep in the heat.

But the repair man came. We were low on coolant although he couldn’t find a leak so he filled it and we will be monitoring it. We’re hoping for about five more years before we have to replace it.

When the air came back on I wanted to hug the masked repair man. I didn’t, but I wanted to. And last night in the newly chilled house, my baby and I went to bed early and slept like we had been clubbed over the head. It was glorious.

So while heat made my workouts early and rabbits kept the workouts mild I didn’t actually gain any weight. So I’m calling that a win. And the weight is official. I was weighed in at the doctor’s office and when I came home I immediately went to my scale to see the difference between the two and it registered the exact same weight as the doctor’s office. So things are officially calibrated. or as official as I plan to get. I’m sure there is some mathematical equation to determine why my scale should have registered slightly different due to time and distance, but I don’t care. It is close enough for me and as the only thing I really want the scale for is to monitor progress I’m good. Well actually the only thing I want it to do is to let me know when I get under the two hundred pound mark and that my weight starts with a one but I also want to know it isn’t a big fat liar when it does. So I remain happy.

So to the stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0lbs

Last week’s weight: who knows

This week’s weight: 204.8 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.2 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 81.8 lbs

I will get there. or in some approximation of there soon. I didn’t think the lockdown would throw me off as badly as it did but it seems like I’ve mostly been holding my own rather than losing. I had a lovely conversation with my doctor about that too when I went to the doctor, so I might have to thank the bunnies. Or at least not chase them with the hose so much. Once my ankle is less tender, I have a plan for a few changes. So we will see how it goes.

And I will leave this post with a reminder that for those of you who are looking for something new to read, the Smashwords Annual Summer Sale is still going on. It runs through July 31st. Many of my books are 50% off right now with some of them even being free. And if my books aren’t to your taste, no worries, there are literally thousands of authors participating in the sale so I am sure you will find something to your taste. My newest book will, alas not come out until August, but there are still books galore. And yes I will put in a shameless plug when my book is finally out (I’m super proud of it). But if you are looking for a new read, I highly suggest the book sale. the above link will take you to my books but to get to the general site just go to smashwords.com.

Workout Waffle: July 21st, 2020

My three favorite pieces of at home gym equipment (and the foot pump that makes the yoga ball small space friendly. (and yes. there are technically two yoga mats there)

Morning all, things have been interesting here.  I’ve more or less had to give up my walks outside for a little while. Its not totally unexpected, its just a bit early.  Usually the dog days of August hit and drive everyone inside for sanity’s sake.  I noticed it seemed a lot hotter than I remembered from last year, but looking over my notes I saw that I was still walking until the first week of August last year.  This year that’s a no go as we frequently hit triple digits or sit just under them. I have to say there is something I find oddly disturbing about seeing a digital thermometer read 99 degrees. I’m not entirely sure why, 100 is clearly hotter, but 99 manages to bother me more somehow.

My baby checked the weather data for me and surprise, record highs.  We are actually ten degrees warmer where I live than we usually are at this time of year. 

Because clearly that’s what this year needed, a brain melting heat wave.

After all, it’s not like anything else is going on, right?  

So indoor workouts it is, at least until the heat breaks.  So today I’m going to waffle a bit about my three favorite items in my at home workout tool kit. I should probably mention that my house was built in the late 1940s. While it is quite spacious enough for us, there aren’t buckets of extra space.  As a result I have what I like to think of as a moveable gym. It goes where there happens to be space at the moment.

The first element in this set up is my Yoga mat.  Even if your activities aren’t yoga based, I highly recommend getting one.  The first thing it does is it gives you a designated workout space. So what if you had to shift aside the couch to set up your personal gym?  While that mat is down, it is a designated space and makes it feel somehow more official. 

I know that sounds a little strange, but it really is helpful, even if only psychologically.  The mat temporarily transforms the space.  Plus, it is the same mat each workout regardless if you are in the back bedroom, living room or back porch. Using the same mat each time helps signal your brain (or at least mine) that even if this is where you ate popcorn and watched bad horror movies last night (Evil Dead in case you are wondering), now it is the place where you work out.

In addition the mat is textured to keep your feet from slipping and it keeps you from sweating on the carpet.  Which are things I generally like and find helpful during my workout.

My second piece of equipment is a yoga ball.  There are a lot of workouts you can download that use the yoga ball. It is also easily collapsible when you aren’t using it so you can easily get it out of the way if need be.  If you don’t have an electric air mattress pump hanging around your house, I recommend getting the yoga ball with the foot pump.  They look silly, but they are a life saver. I think most of them come with some sort of pump, but double check before you buy. 

I really like the yoga balls because first off, the exercises done with them tend to be low impact so tender joints like knees are protected. and they are great if you are just getting started on a workout plan. Plus, when you start out a workout sitting on a giant rubber ball, it is hard not to think of it as fun.  And seriously, how often as an adult do you get to bounce around with a giant rubberized ball? In a way that isn’t condemned by society at large?

My third item has to be my leg/arm weights.  The ones I’ve got are from ProsourceFit.  They are a soft material that just feels like a bag of sand and has adjustable Velcro straps so you can move them from your ankles to your wrists.  I have size medium in case you were wondering. 

(And no this is not sponsored, I just really like ProsourceFit. If I can’t pick something up in person I tend to order from them so their name comes up a lot when I talk about my equipment. The products are good quality and they last a really long time.  Plus, they are usually on the ball with shipping.  They tend to sell out of stuff because they seem to have a high turnover rate, although they are really good about restocking if they are out of something just wait a few days and check in and it is usually restocked. At least in my experience.  I’ve been eyeing some Kettle bells for a while now as well as a replacement yoga mat – I have two layered because they are both worn out in places and need to be replaced – so I may be placing a new order soon.)

While these are currently my top three items for an at home workout, I am always willing to try new things, so that may change.  Especially as my walks are down to nil until the heat breaks. I suspect this will mean a bump up in my indoor fitness as well as closer attention to my calorie intake. So that is this week’s workout waffle. 

I’ll link Prosource Fit below in case any of you out there are looking to add to your home gym.  It is an affiliate link so if you click and then buy something from them I may receive a small commission, which goes to support this channel. Even if you don’t click the link, I highly recommend checking them out.  Everything I’ve gotten from them has been quality and reasonably priced. Sometimes getting those to lines to intersect isn’t easy, and with work out gear, quality matters. Stay safe out there, or in there as the case may be.

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Weekly Weight: 204.8 lbs

July 17th, 2020

I have to say I’m not entirely certain I trust the weight displayed on the scale. I stepped on it first thing this morning and it flashed the weight of 290 lbs at me. While I’ll admit my food may have gotten a little off track this week (there were cupcakes), I did not believe I gained 85 lbs in one week.

So I got off the scale, double checked that I was in fact sans clothing, and not actually carrying an extra weight, and when the scale once again flashed zero at me I stepped back on. This time it told me I weighed 62 lbs.

Just as I didn’t think I gained that much in a week, I didn’t think I lost that much either. A third attempt gave me the 204.8 weight above. As did a fourth and fifth. So either the digital scale had to calibrate now that is returned to the bathroom or something is afoot.

As dealing with anything mechanical before I’ve had my coffee would generally involve the phrase ‘you like I smash with rock?’ I decided to leave it until later for inspection. I’m just going to go with I weigh less than 290 lbs and more than 62 lbs and be satisfied with that.

I won’t be breaking out the stats this week because it feels like cheating.

This week I was not all that good with food. My baby doll had to go into the office this week because he is organizing interns. There are only two of them and they share an apartment with a third who works elsewhere. One of them had a birthday and so I baked cupcakes to send in with him. He took them in but brought them right back as the third roommate apparently worked in an office that was infected with covid and was sent home. Given the living arrangements both interns are now out for two weeks as well. So we had cupcakes.

I was usually good about not eating them during the day but I did find that I tended to eat them after watching the news. So I think I’ve found my stress eating trigger point. There are no more cupcakes so hopefully it will not be an issue. To be honest it would have been smarter not to bake them to share with others, but I really like baking and it was really stress relieving to decorate them.

So I’m just going to take it as a one off because I am not going to have a dozen cupcakes in the house again for a really long time so I enjoyed them while they were here and get back to regular food as time marches forward. I don’t actually regret eating them. I regret shoving them into my mouth while glaring at the television screen, but they were good cupcakes.

And I did extra arm movements with my weights. I really do love my Prosource Fit leg/arm weights. Although I think I might have overdone it yesterday. I did my arm circles and lifts and then I got a song stuck in my head and did a chair dance while singing and waving my arms about in time to the song. I really feel it in my upper arms and shoulders today. There were a lot of over the head movements.

In case you feel like singing and arm weight dancing along, the song was No More Mr. Nice Guy By Alice Cooper.

Singing it through and moving my arms about not only gave me a good exercise but it got the song out of my head.

In case you are wondering, this is why I’m not really allowed to design soundtracks for workout videos. Not that it’s ever really come up. Although I personally like my workout play lists.

Okay well, crazy scale and all that is my weekly weight. I’m not going to do the stats since I don’t know how accurate the scale was or if something cause it to go haywire. I’ll be checking on that later but officially I’m leaving the weight at 205 lbs for another week. With luck I’ll figure out the issue by the end of the day. Wish me luck, and have an excellent Friday.


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Weekly Weight: 205.0 lbs

July 3rd, 2020

This has been a strange week for me.  Quite frankly I am kind of surprise it is only a slight weight gain.  Saturday was my birthday.  There was ice cream cake and champagne.  Also in an attempt to make it into a ‘special’ event, my babydoll managed to pick up most of the things neither of us have been eating in over a year as a celebratory splurge.

I think what we both ended up learning is that we literally can’t eat like we used to. We tried though.  For a day.  I had my spa day early in the day and then we splurged throughout the day with assorted goodies. Then after a day of birthday video chats, we opened the champagne and watched Svengoolie.

It was a Harryhousen film. The Seventh voyage of Sinbad.  Let’s hear it for early Claymation.

Sunday we both felt the effects of the food.  It was quite something. I think we both drank water in buckets trying to sort of flood out the richness. Admittedly, the remaining cake lasted all week, but we had small portions for desert after dinner rather than paring it with an over the top meal.

This was also the first week of my participation in the Chloe Ting 28 day shred. I started bright and early Monday morning.  It went well.  I did the low impact section and there were exercises I just couldn’t do, but not as many as I feared. I finished my first workout, showered and got to work.  I’ve noticed that if I do these workouts first thing in the morning I don’t have time to talk myself out of them.

Trickery is how I convince myself to work out.

Trust me, it isn’t a love of endorphins.

About two hours after I started work I got up from my chair and really felt the work out in the tops of my upper thighs. The next morning I woke up sore all over, but I pushed through and the workout loosened me up a bit.  By the end of the day though I found out that I did have muscles in my rear end because fat simply doesn’t hurt like that. 

I feared the next morning, but it honestly wasn’t that bad.

The really bad part was this morning.  On her system there are two days built into the week that are active rest days.  That means I do stuff, but I don’t do a Chloe Ting workout.  Which was fine, my muscles needed a break. This week Thursday was an ‘Active Rest’ day. But this morning, knowing I had to get back to it and start in on the work out first thing made me hit the snooze button a few extra times. I think for me, it is going to consistently be the day after a break day that is the hardest for me.

I think it is because I am anticipating the pain of the first day.

But I made it through my first week.  and currently my muscles appear to have forgiven me. They aren’t usd to it, but the arguments for abandoning the program have died down to a low comlaining and not an active revolt.

And while the scale is heavier than last week, I know the workouts aren’t to blame and to be honest, my clothes feel looser. I’m not taking measurements until the end of the month, but they really feel a little looser.  I did take measurements at the start and will post them along with my measurements at the end.  I just want to share some thoughts each week as I go through.  Also knowing that I am posting comments about it keeps me doing the actual exercises.  I need that sort of accountability.

So I finished a year and started a new one as well as started a new challenge. In addition, my phone company sent me an e-mail saying my phone was now officially too old for them to support any more so I had to come in and upgrade. I knew I needed to upgrade as my phone was 15 years old, but I resent the ultimatum.

So now I have an LG Stylo 6.  It is HUGE compared to my old phone and this weekend I need to find a case for it so I don’t destroy it in less than a week. Buying a phone wasn’t in my plans for the week, but it needed to be done.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one who got the cell phone ultimatum because there were a lot of folks with me.  All disgruntled, but all keeping their space.  I do have the distinction of being the oldest phone they upgraded that day.  All the sales reps gathered around as though it was a school field trip and I the traveling museum exhibit.

Gather round children and see how ancient man communicated.

Fun stuff.

It also blew a four hour hole through my schedule so I’ve been racing to catch up ever since.  This weekend I plan to get a cell phone case and catch my breath. But first, the stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 204.8 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.0 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 82.0 lbs

And now it is on with the day!


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Weekly Weight: 204.6 lbs

June 26th, 2020

Good morning everyone, it’s time for the weekly weigh in. This week I am pleased to see the scale once again moving in a downward direction. That makes me happy. I have noticed though that my weight loss is very weather dependent at the moment.

This week we had a cold front blow in. Although personally I think calling it a cold front requires a stretch of the imagination. We had a not quite as hot week with plenty of cloud cover in the sky even though somewhere else got the promised rain and we were stuck with the skin melting humidity. That would be more accurate.

At least they say sweat is a good way to flush out the pores.

If so then standing in the yard for ten minutes would have given everyone in my neighborhood a good skin cleanse.

But with the slightly cooler temps I walked more, walking more, burns calories and the scale once again started moving. I think that more than anything convinced me I need more of a structured indoor exercise plan. While I’ve been doing some weights and yoga, mostly it is on days when I didn’t feel like facing the heat. Since the early spring rains stopped, I’ve taken every opportunity to be outside that I can, mostly either walking on the nearly abandoned walking trail near my house or in the back garden. So it has been haphazard at best. Since June is the coolest summer month in my area with July being punishing and August absolutely brutal establishing an indoor schedule is essential.

Some friends mentioned two Chloe Ting challenges (one for two weeks and one for 28 days). I looked into it and they both looked interesting. I just wanted to wait until after my birthday to start. Mostly because I have no intention of exercising on my birthday and didn’t want to feel guilty about skipping a scheduled workout for ice cream cake and champagne.

I know, odd combination, but I’m the one who bakes so we get ice cream cake from this fantastic place in town each year for my birthday so I don’t have to make my own cake. (and because it is delicious.) And the Champagne is of course standard. Its how you know there is a celebration.At least in my family. we were never big on fireworks, but we always had the champagne. Admittedly, I think this is why we were so often invited to celebrations, especially since one of my grandfathers was a pastry chef.

Baked goods and champagne. That’s our covered dish sorted.

Seriously, I just wanted to start a new routine after my birthday. I figured I’ve got my celebration and at home spa day this weekend as well so I can start fresh on Monday as we edge into the heat of July. Even though I don’t really like exercise or weight loss challenges as I prefer my slow and steady routine, I like the idea of getting into the habit of getting up a little earlier to do a short workout everyday and I think this will be good for that. I am not expecting to lose massive inches and weight in two to four weeks. It is the routine of the challenge I want. I will of course take notes and report back in as I go, in case any of you are curious about this viral workout everyone seems to be talking about (at least everyone I know).

But that is for later. Today the last of my items needed for my spa weekend arrive. I thought I ordered early enough but they were delayed twice. But I checked and they are currently out for delivery. So the at home spa day will commence. Alos out for delivery, my soda stream canisters.

Oh yes, they were back in stock and soon, soooon my water will bubble with carbonation again. I didn’t realize how much easier carbonation made it to drink large quantities of water. While I have been reveling in my stash of Blackberry Hint Water (again sorry for taking it all) I really miss my Soda Stream Carbonation. But now just as the last of the air went out of our last tank, new tanks arrive.

Okay before I start waxing poetical about carbonation and water, although it might be too late for that, I’m returning to the stats. So… To the stats, batman!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Weight last week: 205.4 lbs

Weight this week: 204.6 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.4 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx) 81.6 lbs

Okay, well that is my check in for the week, along with rambling about cake, heat and water. I’m in for a heavy friday of writing and attempting to fill a plot gap the size of the grand canyon. I have an idea, I just hope it will stretch that far. Wish me luck. And I wish you luck in return for whatever you’ve got brewing on this hot and sunny friday.


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Weekly Weight: 205.4 lbs

June 19, 2020

Technically I should be a little bothered by the 0.4 gain this week, but to be honest, I’m not that worried about it. While I still really, really want my weight to go down, this morning had a mitigating factor. As an early birthday present I received a very nice kimono style robe. I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th, but I’ve been wearing it anyway.

while it is lovely, it has also sort of illuminated the fact that several pairs of my pajama pants are no longer looking all that fabulous. It’s a simple equation really. I tend to wear the pants to lounge around the house. There has been much more house lounging in the past few months, thus my pajama pants have been taking a beating.

So may baby doll had to go out and decided to stop by target and picked up a new pair for me in what he thought was a good size. They fit well (although I still need to order a few more replacements.). However while I washed them and wore them to bed last night, I somehow didn’t check the size until this morning.

Personally I was just grateful they fit. At the moment everything in my wardrobe is either just a little too tight or a little too loose. This may be the only thing that actually fits just right at the moment. It is also a size down from the size I usually wear. I know pajama pants have a wider variance, but I am taking it as a win. They are a size down and I am happy. The scale can not bum me out after that. Next week, it may concern me. But not today.

I am a little concerned about the recent CO2 shortage that has caused my soda stream canisters to be hard to replace. Seriously, check out this chain of events. Apparently commercially produced CO2 used for beverages is somehow tied in with the processes that refine fuel for driving. I’m not entirely certain how, but I will be looking it up later. But with people driving less, those processes aren’t being used as much thus creating a shortage of CO2 which is why all the targets near me are out of Soda Stream canisters and they are on back order from the site.

So I can’t trick myself into drinking more water through bubbles. So I switched to flavor. I stocked up on my favorite Hint water. And by favorite I mean its all the Blackberry flavor. Yup, a palette of hint water in the laundry room. All Blackberry. So to anyone who now feels there is a shortage of Hint Blackberry in my area, there isn’t, I just took it all. Sorry. I’ll try to look into other flavors next time. I just really like the blackberry. Plus I was starting to not drink as much water since I was being miserly with my last CO2 tank because I didn’t want it to run out and needed a jolt back into water drinking.

So now that I have tackled one shortage by creating another localized one, to the stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 205.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.4 lbs

Change this week: +0.4 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 40.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 82.4 lbs

So there you have it, a slight weight gain but nothing to really be troubled by, a smaller size of pajama pants, a shortage of CO2 and a hoarding of Blackberry flavored water. Along with massive amounts of editing, that was pretty much my week in a nut shell. All in all, not a bad week. Amusing to see in review, but not bad. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the day brings. Happy Friday everyone!


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Weekly Weight: 205.0 lbs

June 12, 2020

Still chugging along, but I have to say this week was a bit harder than usual. The first few days this week, the heat about took me out on my walks. When it cooled down a little the humidity spiked and I came home looking like a drowned rat. Not a good look. I know sweat is good for purging the pores, but my pores were having a fire sale. I tried moving my walks to the early morning and the late evening. The morning was better, but still sweaty. The evening was just as hot but with swarms of midges and mosquitoes thrown into the mix.

Once the rain stopped pouring down on a daily basis here, I let some of my in house work outs slide and just revelled in the freedom of walking outside. I think I may be keeping my morning calorie burning walk and just adding in an afternoon of at home yoga and weights. I have a couple of weights I really like using, but I may look into picking up a few more to expand my at home work out capabilities. I think I also might need an additional yoga mat to up the cushioning between me and the floor.

As I suspect I will not feel comfortable in a public gym for quite some time, it actually seems like a pretty smart investment.

As well as a way to keep from basting in my own sweat under the sun. Or at least limiting it to the cooler hours.

Regardless of the change up I am happy the scale is once again moving. It never moves as fast as I want it too, but I keep reminding myself that’s not an entirely bad thing. I think I’ve also spent more time thinking about it than usual this week. I played phone catch up with everyone this week and the standard thread was that everyone’s eating and workout habits have changed in the past few months and either weight has been gained or muscles have gone soft. I have about five friends now doing the Chloe Ting Challenge. I told them I’d look into it and get back to them on Monday. I haven’t looked into it yet, but it is on my weekend to do list. If I get roped in, I’ll be sure to let you know.

But for today, I am just looking ad adding weights and (yoga mat cushioning) back into my routine as a means of getting out of the sun for a bit. So to the weekly stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 205.6 lbs

This week’s Weight: 205.0 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx.): 82.0 lbs

I love when the numbers are easy to calculate. So there we have it. A week of sweating followed by a weekend of strategizing and investigating a trend that seems to have swept up a lot of my friends. As a plus sized woman I am always leery of any work out that promises miracles in two weeks and has the word shred in it. In my world shred is what you do to cheese. But who knows, a workout challenge could be fun and help me change up my routine. We’ll see. For now, I am going to post my weekly Make-up Bag Post and then get to work. Happy Friday everyone.


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Weekly Weight: 205.6 lbs

June 5th, 2020

It is finally Friday. This has been a long one. I think part of it was because I was out of the house more than I have been in a while. Don’t worry, I had my face mask. To be honest I think the change in my weight this week was due to just sweating in the heat while standing around. I certainly didn’t get in all of my normal walks.

I have to say, one thing that came in super handy this week were those Busy Beauty Body wipes. I may not have had to avoid the black showers of doom in my gym but I threw a hand full in my bag when I went out and while I used one, I shared with those around me, Let me tell you the peppermint cool was much appreciated on sun fried arms and legs. As my neighbor pointed out, we have now entered the season where we have the air you can wear. Seriously it is the fashion accessory no one wants, but you can’t leave at home.

This season comes between the spring rains and summer drought, in case you are wondering.

Its when all the rain that fell sort of hovers for a last goodbye before disappearing. You know, for that extra special touch that makes you wonder what you did to anger God. Or maybe not the big god, maybe like one of the little imps from Dante’s Infermo taking a short vacation from the seventh circle or maybe the eighth. It’s been a while since I read Dante.

Maybe I’ll read it this weekend. After I order more body wipes. Seriously, they are far more useful than I anticipated. Hopefully the new batch will be used in happier times.

Speaking of happy, despite everything I smiled when stepping on the scale this morning. It was such a weird week I had no idea what to expect. Exercise was strange and almost non-existent and food was really hit or miss rather than anythinglike a scheduled meal. It was a pleasant surprise and I’m trying to be very low key about actually passing the 40 lbs mark. That particular mark has made me exceedingly paranoid, so I’m not going to talk about it, just smile quietly to myself and list the stats.

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 206.4 lbs

This week’s weight: 205.6 lbs

This week’s loss: 0.8 lbs

Total lost thus far: 40.4 lbs (squee)

Total left to lose (apx.): 82.6 lbs

Okay, quiet giggles of personal glee, and off to work for the day. With everything going on this week I am so far behind and will be spending much of the day trying to see a reasonable dent in my inbox. I’ll be posting the Makeup Bag post right after this and then later today (hopefully after a mountain of work has been cleared) I will be back for the Friday Face Mask. Hope everyone has a good Friday.


Weekly Weight: 206.4 lbs

May 29th, 2020

I’m not going to get bent out of shape by 0.2 lbs. The gain is annoying, but clearly not insurmountable. Truthfully the small gain isn’t as annoying as the fact that my 40 lbs weight loss mark seems to be cursed. I approached it before Christmas and then got taken down by the holiday gatherings. I fought my way back and actually passed the 40 lbs mark when the world went crazy again. I have no doubt I will move past it, I am just slightly annoyed at being just under the mark for so long. I think it is so annoying because the mark is so close to an even bigger mark.

That one would be getting my weight under 200 lbs.

I know weight is just a number when it boils down to it and it is my health that matters but I am giddy at the thought of seeing my weight begin with a one instead of a two. I have started to fantasize about 198.

I know I’ll get there (and beyond). I just needed a moment of whingeing. Its out of my system now.

Happy Friday everyone . This felt like a long one. I’m not entirely certain why when the entire month seems to have evaporated on me. This morning I looked at the calendar to put the date under the above photograph and was surprised it was the 29th.

All the days seem to blur.

Admittedly it does mean I get to contemplate a pleasant conundrum.

My birthday is at the end of June (June 27th if you want to be precise) and for the past few years I have treated myself to two indulgences. The first is a jar of the Fresh Rose face mask. Then I can indulge all summer long. However this year I still have a mostly full jar of Feel’s Rose mask which isn’t all that different. I’ve been using it a while so even if I finish the jar before my birthday, I’m afraid it won’t feel as special. So I must contemplate a replacement product.

I know the horrors of contemplating an extravagance. How will I live with myself?

I think the only issue is that because it’s been a standard for me for the past few years, I hadn’t actually come up with a list of alternatives. But it seems like a fun project for the weekend. I’ll take any suggestions should anyone feel like offering them. (seriously any suggestions)

Especially because of the second birthday treat. That one tends to be a trip to a day spa.

Yeah, I’m not sure if the one I tend to use is open (or is ever planning to reopen to be frank). Even if they are, I’m not so sure I will feel comfortable going. I’m all for supporting local businesses and all, but stressing about a spa visit seems like a waste all around.

So I might just roll this into my own personal spa day at home. It will lack the massage but I can personalize everything. And I’m sure with flowers and candles and a pitcher of cucumber water my sunroom can be made to look quite spa like.I just need to think about the elements I need to order so everything is ready for the end of the month. Again a fun thing to contemplate. And if anyone feels like making suggestions of their personal at home spa adventures, let me know. The last time I tried this the dog thought the pitcher of cucumber water was for his use, so my only thought at the moment is a higher table. (even though that particular dog has sadly passed away and will therefore not slurp and crunch his way through my fancy water.)

Much more pleasant to think about than the 40 lbs curse.

Which isn’t a curse.

And I will beat.

To the stats!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s weight: 206.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 206.4 lbs

Change this week: +0.2 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 39.6 lbs

Weight left to lose (apx): 83.4 lbs

Since my birthday is on a Saturday, then the Friday before (on the 26th) I will be posting measurements and such. I like to think about my birthday as the start of my own personal new year so I tend to mark things down then and make resolutions. All the sorts of things normally done at new years. Plus if the year is going badly, then it gives me a chance to mentally leave the last six months behind and start the new year over.

Personally leaving the past few months behind sounds like a pretty good idea.

But I have waffled on long enough.Complaints over and soon the work day will begin. Then when it is over I can contemplate the wide world of at home self care items I want to try and attempt to narrow it down to something actually feasible. Happy Friday everyone.


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